AIM Health Institute seeks to educate future medical practitioners about the benefits of integrative medicine. Working in close collaboration with GWU School of Medicine, AIM provides  experiential learning for medical students.Tara Smith

  • Through rotations and fellowships at the AIM Institute, students explore the role of integrative medicine in the 21st century healthcare. They gain understanding of integrative medicine and its benefits, how it is different from mainstream medicine, with the goal of being able to incorporate the principles of integrative medicine into their future practice.
  • Working alongside practitioners of several integrative medicine specialties presents opportunities for interprofessional education — a hands-on experience that prepares students to enter the workforce ready to practice effective teamwork and team-based care, and engages students of different professions in interactive learning with each other.
  • Medical residents and students acquire hands-on training by providing services to patients during group medical visits under the supervision of a licensed physician.
  • Medical students experience first-hand affordable stress reduction therapies such as yoga, massage, and acupuncture to help in relieving stress of the studies and to allow for experiential learning.

On a case-by-case basis, AIM accepts for rotations and internships students from other educational organizations. Many students spend a summer with us before going into a naturopathic program, or arrange a rotation with us through their educational institutions.

Spotlight on Student’s Summer ExperiencesShivani (2014)

Shivani Shah, who is in the GWU School of Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Track, worked with the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, where she conducted research for a yoga therapy initiative and co-taught meditation and pranayama classes with the goal of reducing stress and improving mood and sleep quality. “One of the great things about integrative medicine is that they focus on different ways to treat the patient based on their lifestyle,” she says. “It’s given me a different perspective from what I’ve learned in classes and lectures, and I look forward to using it throughout my career.”

What students say:

What is the most valuable experience you acquired during the rotation?

“Learning about the different therapies and experiencing them firsthand. For example, I know the experience of receiving Reiki therapy now and will be able to recommend this treatment to my patients.” (Student, future specialty: Dermatology)

“Seeing patients with Dr. Orceyre and Dr. Ledenac [naturopathic physicians] and doing a hypnotherapy session. I didn’t know a whole lot about naturopathic medicine or hypnotherapy, and I learned a lot. Drs. O+L also asked my opinion about patient care and made me feel included.” (Student, future specialty: Psychiatry)

“Being introduced to different integrative modalities, learning the applicability and effects of treatment, understanding ways to integrate Western and Eastern medicine.” (Student, future specialty: Family medicine)

“I hope to bring an open approach to using any technique possible that could help my patients feel better and live better lives.” (Student, future specialty: Physical medicine and rehabilitation).